Well it’s over.

I can’t believe six weeks have gone by already. Like flew by.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of myself or what I could really change in that little amount of time but I think as a whole, it went well.

All I have to say is:

6 weeks ago I set out on a new challenge. The #BPIBESTSELF challenge.

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I did know one thing: I wasn’t going to deprive myself. I’ve been down that road before, and it’s a dangerous place to be.

It led me to binge eating. It let me to depression of what I could and couldn’t have. In reality, it should have been a fun journey, but least it was a learning experience. I actually hope to compete again someday in the future, after we’re done having kids.

I told myself I wouldn’t cut out anything. If I wanted a cupcake, I’d eat it. If I wanted a slice of pizza or two, fine. There were definitely still ups and downs. I was home with my sick baby for a whole week – no work outs, no healthy food around due to lack of a grocery trip. $hit happens to everyone. #thatslife At the end of the day, you have to be happy with the progress you’ve made. So this is me.

6 weeks apart. Happy and healthy.

AND I even see some tighter abs, a little bigger shoulder popage (totally a word) and a stronger back. Do you see it?

No stopping here. Always improving. Me vs Me.

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Woo wee does my family love me! This past weekend was full of fun.

I can’t remember what we did Friday. Is that bad? But Saturday started off with a half day of work for me then an early birthday celebration!

I love birthdays.

Ok I love all holidays!

Every year my family gets me awesome things, but this year was even cooler because I really only wanted a couple things and I got all of them but one. Score!

Brandon got me a new wi-fi stereo for my training studio.

I asked for this ^^ but I’m not 100% sold on the idea yet. The manager of the store he bought it from said they’re only supposed to last for 3-4 years. Umm… that’s a lot of money for a short-lived product. I’ve had the boom box stereo player that’s in there now for probably 15 years. It still works awesome but I want to be able to hook up my iphone or ipod to it and there isn’t an option. Yup, it’s that old.

He also got me a pair of capris that I am in love with. I’ve always been a black on black on black girl but I’m SO into bright colors lately.

My mom and dad got me gift cards to Victoria’s Secret, Express, and Walmart along with some Bath and Body Works goods and two shirts from Express that I had already hung up and was too lazy to get to take a picture.

Also in that bag are cards, a notepad and earrings from my grandma.

My sister, brother and in-laws got me something I’ve been itching to buy for a long long time, but I couldn’t talk myself into forking out the cash. I’m so glad I waited because looky looky..

Oh ya. A juicer! I’ll have to figure out how to work the darn thing but you have no idea how excited I am. I put it up on our kitchen counter last night and said to Brandon, “Look, isn’t it awesome?” [note.. while jumping up and down]

His reply: “You’re retarded.”

So what if I looked like a happy little school girl. I am freaking pumped to use that thing. I’ve always been curious at the idea of juicing. Ten years ago I would have told you, that’s pointless. Just eat your fruits and veggies. But the thought of them basically being so broken down that it’s a cleanse for your organs to digest is intriguing. The one thing I’m not so sure on is how to track them. That’s a lot of calories you’re taking in with just an 8oz glass of juice. I had tried full fruit blending at Marianos before. Basically it’s a blended fruit and veggie smoothie. The difference between the two is that it has the fiber, juicing does not. But juicing allows your body to absorb more of the nutrients and at a faster rate. A few weeks ago, I was visiting a good friend in Chicago and she made a fresh glass of juice for me. I would say it set me over the top and I was definitely more anxious to get one after that! Ps.. Chicago peeps, my girlfriend is a private trainer in Chicago, in case you’re interested ;)

We had shishkabobs for dinner and my dad’s homemade rice pudding for dessert. It was the perfect night!

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Sunday we got up bright and early and dropped Gavin off at Grammy’s before Brandon and I went out for breakfast. I love my child. More than anyone will ever know. So don’t get me wrong. But it was really nice to eat a hot breakfast without any distractions and without having to cook for me, B, AND G. I had a spicy omelet with jalapenos and chorizo. I kept telling Brandon it was the best omelet I’d ever had. I must recreate it at home!

Where were we going?

Route 66 in Joliet, IL for NHRA Nationals.

Dad graciously gets our family tickets every year for the DSR Hospitality tent.

To go to the track is one thing, but to be able to spend your day in these tents is another. It’s a nice place to get away from the crowds and sun, plus you get free beverages all day and you’re served a lunch. We had the choice of tuna steak or ribeye. I chose the ribeye.

Oh and did I mention you get to be about 5 feet from the racers and their cars?

Two years ago Brandon and I got to take a tour of the inside of Tony Schumacher’s trailer. Brandon liked it way more than me only because he understood all the mechanical jargon. I didn’t have a clue what the Crew Chief was talking about, but it was still an awesome experience.

Fun useless fact: I used to have the biggest crush on Tony. That is until I saw Mr. Matt Hagan in person this year. I’ve never followed Hagan’s racing career, but you can bet your bottom I will now. ;)

I mean look at him…

Ha!! That’s my sister-in-law and I drooling over him. Ps.. yes Brandon knows I love him. He loves Courtney Force. So we’re even.

In all seriousness Matt has a gorgeous wife and two beautiful children. And he’s such a genuine sweet guy. You can actually take pictures and get autographs from any of the racers.

I got Brandon some new sunglasses while we were there and they happened to be the same ones Fast Jack Beckman was wearing so he got Jack to sign them.

So cool!

If you’ve never experienced the races, this would be an event to go to. One of my best friend’s was going to go but she ended up not being able to make it so I sent her a video while we were there.

We got to watch first and second round before we had to call it quits and go get Gavin.

Such a fun filled weekend! Thanks to everyone for the gifts and dad for the race tickets!

 

What did you do over the weekend?

 

 

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